Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers
Bill is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Monitor. He is a full-time activist with a long history of civil rights, anti-racism, anti-war, Irish Republican, and Palestine solidarity work. He is also a member of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and has a Masters Degree in Islamic Studies with a focus on Muslim American social justice groups.

Judge Tells Palestinian Leader Rasmea Odeh – the Occupation is “Not Important”

Rasmea and her supporters who had rallied outside the court in the pouring rain expected that she would be sentenced to time served in jail (33 days), receive some form of fine ($1,000), lose her US citizenship and be deported. What they didn't expect was a still proud Palestinian community leader prevented from giving her full statement and threatened with contempt of court and jail by Judge Drain if she didn't stop making the case "political."

Little Village Protests CPS Suspension of Special Ed Teacher & Advocate Sarah Chambers

Yesterday over 200 students, parents, community members, and education activists held a press conference and rally for special education teacher and Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Executive Board member, Sarah Chambers.The chants of the students"We want Chambers, we want books. We want the money Rahm took!"reflected their demand that Chambers be returned to her special education classroom at Saucedo Academy in Little...

Chicago Jewish Activists Tell Jewish United Fund “Stop Funding Anti-Muslim Hate Groups”

This morning at a press conference held in front of the headquarters of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF), Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago (JVP-Chicago) called on the JUF to cut ties with anti-Muslim hate groups. The just released JVP-Chicago report reveals over $700K in donations from the JUF to Islamophobia network groups from 2011-2014.The JUF is a not-for-profit social welfare and advocacy organization for the...

Marquette 4 – Chicago Police Crime Victims Finally Released

In a statement released to the press today, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) praised the release three weeks ago of the "Marquette 4" - Lashawn Ezell, Larod Styles, Charles Johnson, and Troshawn McCoy after 22 years in prison for a crime they did not commit"The release of these men is a victory in the struggle for justice for survivors...

No Walls From Mexico to Palestine – Chicago Protests Netanyahu Visit

Three hundred Chicagoans rallied and marched to Trump Tower last night to protest the meeting of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with President Trump. The protesters represented human rights and immigrant rights groups as well as Muslim, Christian, and Jewish organizations. The message of the speakers and their supporters was to clearly draw the connection between the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and pro-Israel...

Protestors Challenging Trump #MuslimBan Shut Down O’Hare Terminal

Three thousand protestors of the Trump #MuslimBan of travel from seven Muslim-majority countries shut down the operation of the International Terminal at Chicago O'Hare Airport until all detainees were released.Yesterday evening a press conference and five-hour protest was held to resist President Trump's Executive Order called “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” that placed a 90-day...

Desperate Prosecutors Issue New Indictment Against Palestinian Community Leader Rasmea Odeh

Less than a month before a new trial, the federal prosecution team has entered a new indictment in their case of unlawful procurement of naturalization against Palestinian American community leader Rasmea Odeh.New Indictment Portrays Odeh as a TerroristU.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced that a grand jury she impaneled returned a new, superseding indictment asserting that Odeh was involved in "terrorist activity" and was...

Peaceful and Racist Transfer of Power to President Trump

It was only last August when President Obama said "The Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president…He keeps on proving it…What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer?"Only two months later after a 90 minute Oval Office meeting with President-Elect Trump, President Obama said this “And as I said last night, my number one...

Chicago Youth Protest Police Militarization and Anti-Muslim Training

Yesterday Arab, Black, Latino, Asian, and Muslim youth protested the Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA) training conference and weapons expo being held from October 9-13 at the Stonegate Banquet and Conference Centre in Hoffman Estates, just an hour outside of Chicago. The conference provides SWAT and "counter-terrorism" training for local police departments, state police and Homeland Security agents. The...

Chicagoans Rally on World Rohingya Day Against “Slow Motion Genocide”

On Friday, Chicagoans rallied in Federal Plaza for the first World Rohingya Day to bring attention to the Rohingya Muslim minority of Burma who have been targeted by a government and Buddhist extremist campaign of denying that they exist and do not deserve citizenship. In the words of Professor Azeem Ibrahim who has recently completed research on the Rohingya...




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